Daily Archives: November 11, 2008

Phoenix residents invited to I-10 West community meetings

Two public meetings are planned for the METRO I-10 West high capacity transit study.  At these meetings, METRO will present the study’s initial results and recommendations on the possible alignment routes, station locations, and type of transit mode (light rail or bus rapid transit) for this future extension.  To date, METRO has identified the median of the I-10 West as the preferred transit alignment route between 83rd Avenue and the I-17 freeway.  The alignment connecting from the I-17 to the downtown Phoenix light rail line including various station locations and type of transit mode are still under evaluation.  You are encouraged to attend these meetings and provide input.

  • Date: Thursday, November 13, 2008
  • Time: 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Place: Carpenter’s Union Training Center, 4547 W. McDowell Rd.

The I-10 West Community Working Groups (CWG) were established to ensure pubic participation in the process which will help guide the direction of the alignment, transit technology, and station locations for the study area.  The Downtown CWG represents the study area east of the I-17.  The Mainline CWG represents the study area west of the I-17.  Both CWGs meet once a month (see meeting details below). Stakeholders within the study area are encouraged to participate.

  • Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 (Note: They usually are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month, except during holidays.)
  • Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Place: Metro Office, 101 N. 1st Ave., #1300

Meeting Contact: Rob Antoniak, 602-385-1614.  For information on the I-10 West expansion, click here.  For more general information on Valley Metro, click here.

Valley students could be among biggest light-rail users

[Source: Arizona Republic] — Some of the biggest users of the light rail are expected to be students, and along the light-rail line there are more than 20 schools, from preschools through colleges.  Light rail played a role in Phoenix School of Law relocating to its central Phoenix location near the intersection of Indian School and Central Avenue.  Student and faculty members alike say they plan to take the rail.

Alicia Togno, the law school’s assistant dean for administration, says she will encourage students to take rail to take the stress out of commuting.  “It is a time to gear up or decompress depending on when you are traveling,” she said.  She plans to take it daily from her home in the Willo district.

Dan Johnson, 21, a first-year law student, is from Chicago and is used to taking the elevated train there.  He lives in Tempe and plans to ride his bike to the station at Apache Boulevard and McClintock Drive.  It takes him 35 minutes to drive and he considers that wasted time. Taking light rail might not save him any time, but on the train he’ll be able to read, he says. The law school is discussing subsidizing some of the costs and that would be a financial benefit, he said.  “It would be nice to say money on gas and wear and tear on my car,” he said.

Down the street, Central High School now pays for bus passes for students and will pay for light-rail passes. The stop is on Central across from the school.  Click here to view a Community Walk map on schools along metro Phoenix light rail

Join Phoenix mayor & Suns CEO to chat about downtown, Dec. 2

In the midst of challenging economic times and declining citywide tax revenues, restaurants, bars, hotels, motels, and other retail establishments are showing positive revenue growth in downtown Phoenix.  Join Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and Phoenix Suns CEO Rick Welts to hear about the NBA All Star Week coming up in February 2009.  Also, have your questions answered about other downtown Phoenix activities.

  • Date: December 2, 2008
  • Time: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Place: US Airways Center Toyota Club (inside the arena), 201 E. Jefferson St.

Parking is available at the US Airways Center garage just south of Jefferson on 1st St.  Click here to RSVP.

Join Phoenix think tanks to discuss how community health and sustainability relate

[Source: St. Luke’s Health Initiatives] — According to the Phoenix-based St. Luke’s Health Initiatives, there’s an opportunity for an intriguing collective conversation coming this December.  All manner of entities and individuals — grassroots to governmental, progressive to conservative, national to local — have been musing about community health and sustainability.  SLHI says it’s time to get together and trade notes.

Join SLHI and co-sponsors Arizona Community Foundation, Local Initiatives Support Coalition, and ASU Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family to explore the dimensions and potential for communities to enhance and sustain Arizona’s collective future.

  • Date: December 5, 2008
  • Time: 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Place: Phoenix Airport Marriott, 1101 N. 44th St., Phoenix, AZ
  • Cost: $35
For more information and to register, click here.